A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
WINE |THE WEEKENDER SELECTION
Vini, vidi, bibi
A step-up from their Essentials box (£42.50) , this mixed six-bottle case (two whites and four reds) are some of The Great Wine Co's stand-out wines from the last 12 months. This is a fabulous selection of delicious wines from great estates with no compromise on quality. The Weekender Selection features: 1 x 2018 Organic Sauvignon Blanc, Seresin Estate 1 x 2017 Massaccio Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore, Fazi Battaglia 1 x 2018 Cairanne Rouge Les Travers, Domaine Brusset 1 x 2017 Wild Scarlet Shiraz, Rojomoma 1 x 2017 Pinot Noir, Sutherland 1 x 2017 Silver Label Monastrell, Juan Gil A good price too at £85.
CARGO Classroom’s series of online digital learning tools for Key Stage 3 History is now freely available via: cargomovement.org/classroom
Check out REVOLUTIONARIES, the first package of four lessons, which includes Samuel Sharpe, pictured here, as well as other pivotal historical revolutionaries.
BRISTOL NEW BUSINESS | TWENTY7
Twenty7 Premium: underwear delivered
Underwear is a new UK men’s luxury underwear brand based near Bristol. Specialising solely in men’s underwear, often an afterthought for larger clothing brands, design houses or women’s underwear brands, allows the company to focus on the importance of comfort and style for men. Business owner Chris Kelly commented “We believe that a man shouldn’t need to choose between quality, luxury, comfort or style. When it comes to the item of clothing worn next to a man’s most intimate area, it should feel good as well as look good too.” Twenty7 underwear has been designed with the thought of both comfort and style in mind.
There's a 3D pouch for the important bits and the care label – often a cause of irritation – is removed, care instructions printed onto the inside of the rear panel instead. The fabric used is 95% cotton and 5% elastane to give enough stretch for a comfortable wear throughout the day but retain shape and support. The slightly wider waist band with front facing only logo gives an understated look. The ‘T7’ model of trunk has its logo in gold on the left thigh to give an additional touch of elegance.
“We’ve kept it simple – you won’t find garish patterns or over-the-top branding at Twenty7. A man who has genuine style doesn’t need to tell the world he’s wearing a certain brand."
The Twenty7 range of socks follow the same ethos. A range of cotton based socks in stylish, but not over-the-top, stripes that suit both casual and formal wear, along with the classic plain black, give choice for whatever the occasion.
The socks range are sold in trio packs and are available in traditional cotton and bamboo.
The company has an online shop as well as a range of monthly subscription packages with regular free deliveries of underwear with savings over the ‘buy when you like’ shop pricing. A good deal of thought has also gone into Twenty7’s luxury and bespoke packaging meaning that it comes as a ready-to-give gift.
Preheat the oven to 190ºC/gas mark 6. Chop 2 large, deseeded red peppers, 2 banana shallots and around 500g large ripe plum tomatoes into similarly sized chunks. Tumble the prepared vegetables onto a baking tray, scatter with 4 cloves of garlic (sliced), season well and drizzle with olive oil before roasting in the oven for around 40 minutes, turning occasionally until the vegetables have just started to caramelise. Melt 30g butter in a large pan over a medium heat, add the roasted vegetables, cover with around 450ml chicken or vegetable stock, bring to the boil and simmer together for 5–10 minutes. Season to taste and blend with a stick blender to your preferred consistency before serving topped with a dollop of crème fraiche and a handful of croutons (optional).
Roast Butternut Squash Soup with Chilli, Coconut and Lime
Preheat the oven to 190ºC/gas mark 6. Peel and deseed one large butternut squash (1.5k approx) and cut into bite-sized chunks. Deseed one red pepper, peel one large onion, and chop both into chunks. Toss the prepared vegetables in olive oil and roast for 40–45 minutes until tender and caramelised. Grate 1 thumb-sized chunk of root ginger, crush 2 cloves of garlic and sauté together in a large pan over medium heat for 2 minutes, adding chilli flakes to taste for the last 30 seconds. Add 800ml chicken or vegetable stock and 1 x 400ml light coconut milk and bring to the boil before adding the roasted vegetables and simmering for 20–30 minutes. Season to taste and blend with a stick blender to your preferred consistency before serving topped with a squirt of fresh lime juice.
Curried Parsnip Soup
Peel and slice 1 large onion and sauté in a large pan over a medium heat for around 4 minutes, until just turning translucent. Add 2 crushed garlic cloves and 1–2 tbsp of your preferred strength of curry powder and sauté for a further minute before adding 3 large, peeled, chopped parsnips and 1 large, peeled, diced potato to the mix. Stir well, add around 1.2 litres chicken or vegetable stock, bring to the boil and simmer for around 15–20 minutes until the parsnips and potato are completely soft. Season to taste and blend with a stick blender to your preferred consistency before serving topped with an optional drizzle of single cream or crème fraiche.
Carrot and Coriander Soup
Sauté 1 large, sliced onion in 1 tbsp vegetable oil until translucent. Stir in 1 peeled, diced potato, 1 tsp ground coriander and 1 tsp cumin and sauté for a further minute before adding 450g peeled, diced carrots and 1.2 litres chicken or vegetable stock. Bring to the boil before simmering for 20–30 minutes until the potato has dissolved and the carrots are tender. Add a generous handful of chopped, fresh coriander, season to taste and blend with a stick blender to your preferred consistency before serving topped with crème fraiche (optional) and more chopped, fresh coriander.
IN THE KITCHEN |TRENDING NOW
The viral wrap hack
Although not a brand new concept, this method of making a wrap has gone viral on social media.
The hack involves dividing a wrap into quarters, putting a different ingredient in each section, folding it up, then cooking in a panini press – and it looks delicious!
Every piece of Marco Bicego jewellery features a combination of fine Italian craftsmanship and creativity, the designs based on three signature features: multi-coloured gemstones, the finest detailing and hand engraved 18ct gold. Here we take a look at the Jaipur collection, Inspired by the tropical Indian sunset and the stonecutting heritage of Jaipur, each piece is characterised by its prism-cut gemstones and epitomises the understated elegance that the jeweller is famous for.
Those born in January have the beautiful and diverse garnet as their birthstone. Garnets are widely considered as red but also can be found in a range of beautiful colours, including orange, yellow, purple and even vibrant green. Here we have the Marco Bicego Jaipur 18ct yellow gold garnet ring, £525, and matching stud earrings with a post and scroll fitting, £575. Mallory has a brilliant selection of Marco Bicego pieces waiting to be discovered.
Since Allbirds’ official launch in 2016, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who has long been committed to the environment and climate protection, has invested in the company. Allbirds' trainers, which have been dubbed the world’s most comfortable shoes, are made with sustainable materials, with one recycled bottle equaling one pair of Allbirds laces and the soles made of renewable sugar cane.
The running shoes – which are designed for both men and women – have also been a hit with patrons from Barack Obama to Gwyneth Paltrow.
So, why not forgo the fast fashion this year and step into a shoe that doesn't cost the earth.
Following the announcement of the latest lockdown, and wishing to abide by the guidelines, we have decided to postpone publication of our January issue.
In view of the increased risks, we feel that it is not appropriate to deliver magazines door-to-door. We hope to resume publishing soon.
In the meantime, if you fancy catching-up on some great reads that you may have missed, there's an often overlooked link on our website, which will take you to a wondrous digital bookshelf of The Bristol Magazine's back issues. Explore and enjoy. It'll help keep you off Netflix.
Shake up your senses with this tantalising, Moroccan-inspired twist on a Sunday roast: super-succulent lamb abundant in sweet, spicy and savoury flavours, guaranteed to bring an non-stop exotic cabaret of flavour to your table... but the oven does all the hard work for you. This recipe easily serves up to six people, but the leftovers are absolutely delicious: add to a simple tomato sauce and top with sweet potato to make a North African shepherd's pie; add an egg and some breadcrumbs to minced up meat and form into patties to create Marrakech market burgers; griddle the meat until crisp and serve kebab-style in pitta bread with salad, pickles and chilli sauce. B'saha!
2kg (approx) leg of lamb or lamb shoulder 6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 2–3 tbs olive oil 1 x tin chopped tomatoes 50g dried apricots, chopped 50g dates, chopped 1 tbsp runny honey 2 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp ground ginger 2 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp paprika
OR: 4 tbsp Ras el Hanout (a ready-made North African spice mix readily available in supermarkets) in place of the cumin, ginger, coriander and paprika
To serve (optional but highly recommended): thick Greek yogurt; generous handful of chopped fresh mint leaves; sprinkle of toasted flaked almonds; pomegranate seeds
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4. Add the chopped tomatoes, apricots dates and a splash of water to the base of a large roasting tin.
2. Mix the cumin, ginger, coriander and paprika OR the Ras el Hanout with the honey, garlic and olive oil and season well.
3. Using a sharp knife, make small, deep incisions all over the lamb and rub the olive oil mixture into the meat, working it into the incisions as you go (note: the lamb will benefit greatly from being allowed to relax in this marinade for up to 8 hours in advance of cooking).
4. Place the lamb skin-side up on top of the tomatoes in the roasting tin. Cover the tray tightly with kitchen foil and roast the lamb for around 2.5 hours, basting every 30–45 minutes with the juices in the tray. If the tomatoes seem to be drying out a little bit, add a splash of boiling water each time you baste the meat.
5. After 2.5 hours, remove the foil and roast the lamb for a further 30–40 minutes, or until the skin is crisp and slightly charred and the meat is tender and falling off the bone.
6. Cover the lamb with kitchen foil and leave to rest for 15 minutes before using two forks to shred the meat off the bone. Serve on a large, warm platter topped with a dollop of thick Greek yogurt scattered with fresh mint, flaked almonds and pomegranate seeds. Recommended accompaniments include warm flatbreads, baba ganoush and hummus, or a couscous salad and sweet potato wedges.
HEALTH & HYGIENE|ECO-CLEANING
Eco-cleaning by My Organic Clean
Cindy Percival operates MyOrganicClean - a family-run eco cleaning business based in Bristol. The company only uses eco-friendly, non toxic, vegan products to offer a deep cleaning service to offices or domestic properties - paying particular attention to ensure that workplaces and homes are ethically cleaned and the safety of families, pets and the environment are carefully considered too.
“Our mission is to provide an outstanding, modern cleaning service with minimal environmental impact at the forefront of our business. Using proven truly eco products we aim to transform our customers' homes and offices into clean, safe and inspiring spaces,” says Cindy.
"Not only will we leave your home or office shining and clean but also smelling beautiful."
Teenage Engineering is an über-cool Swedish consumer electronics company producing synthesisers, radios, portable gaming devices and accessories that are clever, aesthetically pleasing and the perfect detox to all things big tech.
As well as stylish ready to go products, we found these home-build kits (no soldering required) that will satisfy techie engineers as well as a romantic voyage into electro-synth. They are called Pocket Operator Modulars and come in three kits: the POM-16, 170 and 400.
The POM-170 is a home-build analog monophonic synthesiser with built-in programmable sequencer. This is a complete kit with powder coated aluminum chassis, keyboard, oscillator, filter, envelope, lfo, vca, speaker, power distro, psu, a screwdriver, 8 patch cables, and an illustrated build guide. £399
The POM-400 is the next step up, once again a home-build analog synthesiser with three oscillators, noise, random generator, two envelopes, two vca's, lfo, filter, mixer, a speaker box, power pack and a 1-16 step sequencer. Complete the kit with powder coated aluminum chassis, 16 modules, 15 patch cables, screwdriver, and an illustrated build guide. £499.
Either of the kits can be used with a stand-alone keyboard; POM-16 (£199) which has individual tuneable keys and a programmable step sequencer. Note: the POM-16 does not produce sound but outputs CV gate and MIDIi signal to the 170 or 400.
Who knows, we might just inspire the next Goldfrapp?
Engraved on tweed suit buttons or the clasps of her bags, the lion was a favourite subject and a lucky talisman for Gabrielle Chanel and a classic icon feature of Chanel high jewellery. It is now making a majestic leap into the world of Chanel fragrances as the latest addition to the Les Exclusifs de Chanel collection.
In a limited edition, Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick, Le Lion de Chanel comes in 8 velvet-effect shades with a luminous matte finish. To invent this colour palette, Chanel's Makeup Creation Studio have captured the lion's radiant characteristics into an exclusive collection of reds, oranges and beiges.
Sometimes a new start can be found in a new person, such as in Caleb Azumah Nelson’s Open Water, an accomplished debut novel in which two artists meet, become best friends and fall in love, while also exploring themes of masculinity, repression and the experience of Black men living in the UK today. This is a deceptively slight book, with hidden depths on every page. Exquisitely poetic, nuanced and rewardingly referential, it is the kind of novel you read with a highlighter in hand, marking passages that you will want to return to.
In Regina King's powerful directorial debut,One Night in Miami imagines an incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gather to discuss their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 1960s.
Starring Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Lelie Odom Jr., the film reflects on these larger-than-life figures and celebrates their success. Itpremiered at the Venice Film Festival on 7 September 2020 and was the first film directed by an African-American woman to be selected in the festival’s history.
Join Colston’s on 23 January to hear all about joining its Reception class in September 2021. Whilst unfortunately, they aren’t able to invite you into the school, they will share with you online what life at Colston’s Lower School is all about.
Discover how its small class sizes and state of the art facilities combine to give your child a wonderful learning environment in which they can flourish and grow.
To register your interest for the event and to request a prospectus, please visit the school’s website below.
Nursery: Friday 29 January Pre-Preparatory School: Friday 29 January Preparatory School: Saturday 6 February Upper School: Saturday 30 January
Experience everything Clifton College can offer your child. As the school cannot welcome parents in person to their usual open day events, they are hosting virtual open days where you will have the opportunity to watch interviews with key members of staff and departments as well as the opportunity to take part in a live Q&A session with the school head and admissions team.
If you would like to receive further information about any of Clifton College’s open days, please visit the school’s website below.
The single most contemporary building on the landmark Redland Court development, The Science Building, built in 1931, was previously the Schools’ Science laboratory and called the Gamble Science Wing. In 1955 the school added additional floors for specialist laboratories and classrooms.
This imaginative transformation is creating seventeen design-led, high-specification apartments with stunning views from the upper floors. There is a choice of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 2 and 3 bedroom duplex apartments. Many of these beautiful apartments are enhanced with outdoor terraces, Juliet balconies and Velux Cabrio windows. The building has a smooth central lift to all floors and benefits from secure under croft parking as well as access to the private 3 acre grounds.
• 1-bed apartments from £345,000
• 2-bed apartments from £525,000
• 3-bed apartments from £895,000
A spectacular show apartment is now open for viewing by appointment only. To arrange a visit and tour of Redland Court contact Ocean on 0117 946 9838 or Savills on 0117 910 0360.
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